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Lions team president backs Matthew Stafford after subpar 2018 season

Posted: 6:55 PM, May 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-07 18:55:27-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- During a luncheon in Grand Rapids on Monday afternoon, Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood was asked by a fan about the regression of Matthew Stafford in the 2018 season in which he threw just 21 touchdown passes, his lowest since the 2012 season. However, Wood stood by his quarterback and says expectations are high for this fall.

"We didn't have as much success last year, including Matthew, and I'm sure he'd tell you the same thing," Wood told us. "He has a unique arm. He makes throws that nobody else can make. With the offense that we'll have this year and the ability to keep teams on their back feet, hopefully, and not know that number 9 is going to drop back and pass it 50 times, he'll have the year that many people expected him to have last year."